It would appear that Kanye West and Rhymefest‘s collaborative ways will extend beyond the studio. The two proud Chicago natives have joined forces for a new music program, Got Bars, for at-risk youth in their hometown. The free initiative lasts 10 weeks and focuses on music writing and production, according to VIBE. It’s a joint effort put on by West’s non-profit, Donda’s House, and the ARK of St. Sabina.
In a statement, West said the following: “My mom spent her life as an educator and I am happy that Donda’s House can pick up her torch and honor her life’s mission.” The non-profit is named after his late mother, Donda West.
‘Fest echoed those thoughts, adding: “I am so happy to launch Got Bars to honor Kanye West’s mother’s memory and to fulfill one of my Aldermanic campaign goals.”
Got Bars kicks off in August and is open to hopeful artists ages 15 to 24. If you’re reading this and you’re interested in taking part, you can apply at the Donda’s House website or go directly to ARK of St. Sabina at 7800 S. Racine Ave in Chicago, Ill. The deadline is Aug. 2.
You can purchase West’s latest album, Yeezus, on Amazon.